Winner of the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, Rion Amilcar Scott will read from his recent story collection, “Insurrections,” at Centre College this Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evans-Lively Room in Old Carnegie.
The prize-winning stories detail the lives of African-American men and women and the people, experiences and circumstances that shape them. The collection has received much acclaim for its rich characters and context.
Lisa Williams, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Centre, played a significant role in the publication of Scott’s prose. She selected his book for publication during the 2015 University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series Competition and then worked extensively with the author on his manuscript.
Speaking of the first time she came across Scott’s writing, Williams expressed uniqueness and the striking character of his prose submission.
“The stories were unlike any others I had seen being published. I am so grateful to Rion for allowing us to publish this important book in the series, and so glad, but not surprised, that Rion is receiving the attention as an author that he deserves,” Williams said.
“A wildly impressive and ambitious collection of stories, Scott’s ‘Insurrections’ affirms that it can be the smallest human choices —of tenderness, kindness, and cruelty, that make our people, and our world, what it is. I am thrilled that he will be reading to our students from this important work,” she concluded.
By Kathleen Murphy ’18
November 16, 2017